Bamboo Fabric - Good for you and good for the environment
Super Soft Yet Durable
Bamboo fiber is softer than the softest cotton, has a natural sheen to the surface and feels similar to silk or cashmere. Bamboo also has a very high soil release value (translation: stain resistant) and is so durable you can simply throw it in the washer and dryer.
Bamboo is naturally organic. Because it is genetically resistant to disease and environmental attack, bamboo does not require chemical pesticides, insecticides, or fertilizers.
Hypoallergenic & Antibacterial
Bamboo’s organic and natural fiber properties are non-irritating to the skin making it a pleasant alternative for anyone with skin sensitivities, dermatitis, or other allergies. Due to it's breathability and wicking properties, bamboo clothing inhibits the growth of bacteria, staying clean and odor-free.
Breathable / Moisture Wicking
Bamboo fiber’s cross section is composed of a unique matrix of microscopic gaps, making bamboo fiber more breathable, comfortable and thermal regulating than cotton, wool or any synthetic fiber thereby keeping you cooler, drier and more comfortable all day. This unique micro-structure allows bamboo apparel to absorb and evaporate perspiration faster than any other fabric. Bamboo won't stick to your skin in the hot summer or during exercise.
Bamboo also stabilizes the earth with its erosion preventing roots, and improves the health of the soil by absorbing excess nitrogen. Cotton crops require wide spacing that allow bare soils to bake and oxidize, releasing carbon into the atmosphere and decreasing soil fertility. Further, bamboo retains water in the watershed, reduces runoff, sustains riverbanks, and helps mitigate water pollution due to its high nitrogen consumption.
Bamboo fibers are biodegradable, unlike synthetic textile fibers. Synthetic textile fibers are made from non-renewable petroleum, and can even emit harmful gasses when incinerated.
Bamboo clothing is something special. It drapes like silk, it feels as soft and good as silk, but it is more practical because it is durable and much less expensive and versatile. Imagine that, clothing that looks good, feels good and is good for the environment!
Better than cotton
“Bamboo is the new cotton...it has all the properties that you physically want out of cotton, plus some. Bamboo is more antibacterial than [other fabrics like] cotton or wool, which are very absorbent and hold moisture in. Because bamboo wicks moisture away, it’s great for your circulation and skin.” LAtimes.com, September 25, 2005.
Incidentally, there are over 1200 species of bamboo on this planet. All our products are manufactured from Moso bamboo, which is not the species eaten by Pandas.
Bamboo apparel is good for the environment because bamboo does not require pesticides, insecticides, or fertilizers, and does not involve the use of genetically modified organisms (GMOs). In contrast, cotton crops are one of the most intensely sprayed crops in the world receiving 3-5 times greater application of pesticides per acre than other crops like corn or soybeans. The chemicals used on the cotton crops are linked to ground and surface water contamination, and even the pollution of drinking water. Cotton crop pesticides are also the greatest crop contributor to volatile organic compounds (VOCs) which contribute to low level ozone and smog formation, increasing the green house effect. These chemicals are also documented as causing death and loss of reproductive ability in fish and wildlife. It may surprise you to know that it takes about a pound of chemicals to grow the cotton contained in a cotton t-shirt and pants.
Bamboo is arguably one of the world’s most sustainable resources. With a growth rate of up to a meter or more per day, bamboo holds the world record as the fastest growing plant. And, bamboo is actually not a wood but a grass, continuously sending up new shoots after harvesting without a need for replanting. Bamboo can be utilized in just 4-5 years unlike traditional hardwoods that not only take 25-70 years to mature, but also require replanting.
Fighting Global Warming
By encouraging the growth and utilization of bamboo, we can begin to combat global warming. Bamboo takes in nearly 5 times the amount of greenhouse gasses, and produces 35% more oxygen, than an equivalent stand of trees, making it an efficient replenisher of fresh air. Energy from the sun reaches the earth as short-wave radiation; some is absorbed and some is radiated back as long-wave radiation. The increasing amounts of greenhouse gases in our atmosphere trap an inordinate amount of long-wave radiation on earth. This increase is attributable to human activity and its production of carbon dioxide (CO2), a greenhouse gas. Human activity is also responsible for the severe damage to earth’s ability to absorb CO2 as a result of the destruction of forests and depletion of the ozone layer, which allows UV-B radiation to destroy the oceanic plankton, one of the major filters for CO2.
Bamboo removes CO2 from the atmosphere through photosynthesis by using carbon as an energy source and converting it into plant tissue which releases oxygen as a by-product. Bamboo offers an opportunity to turn away from the destruction of native forests towards managed commercial plantations that can be selectively harvested annually without the destruction of the grove or stand. While tree plantations must be chopped down for harvest, bamboo renews itself by sending up new shoots constantly. The ability of bamboo to rapidly take up excess nutrients contained in waste waters from manufacturing, intensive livestock farming and sewerage plants has captured the attention of industrial and municipal engineers seeking to establish environmentally safe and reliable ways to deal with such issues.
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